Why is iPhone XR cheaper than iPhone XS

Why is iPhone XR cheaper than iPhone XS?

On Wednesday, Apple unveiled its trio new “X” series – iPhone XS, XS Max and iPhone XR. But iPhone XR may not be as flashy as its other siblings. One thing that makes the iPhone XR a bit different is that it is an upgradable version of iPhone 8 rather than that of iPhone X. Also, if we look at the pricing, iPhone XR is more affordable than XS and XS Max.


Apple released its new iPhone “X” series with a different price range. iPhone XS starts at Rs 99,900 whereas iPhone XS Max starts at Rs 1,09,000. On the other hand, iPhone XR starts at Rs 76,900. There is a significant price gap between iPhone XR and XS models. And you must be curious about the reason behind this difference, right?

Why is iPhone XR cheaper than iPhone XS models?

So, let’s find out the reason!


The iPhone XS Max and iPhone XS sport a 12MP dual rear cameras coupled with adjustable bokeh. The iPhone XR opts for a single 12MP camera. The single rear camera of the iPhone XR is nothing but the primary camera of the iPhone XS model. The primary camera on iPhone XS features a 12MP sensor with Smart HDR and adjustable bokeh. The secondary camera on the iPhone XS model is like a tele camera.

LCD/‘Liquid Retina’ display

Apple’s iPhone XR features a 6.1-inch all-screen display with a Truedepth sensor. It sport an LCD IPS panel which was used on the older iPhone 8. On the other hand, iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max feature a premium display quality with OLED screen which was used on iPhone X. Because of LCD display, the XR model delivers a low quality of resolution (1792×828-pixel resolution at 326 ppi and 1400:1 contrast ratio). However, it offers a wide color variant than its siblings.

Apple has not included 3D Touch technology (a pressure-sensitive feature) in its XR model. The 3D touch technology recognizes degrees of the pressure and displays features accordingly. The XR model might be the last iPhone model to have an LCD.


Apple is offering a 128GB storage to iPhone XR model as opposed to 256GB storage for bigger siblings – iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max model. There’s still no MicroSD expandable feature on the iPhone XR though.

Starting at Rs 76,900, we can say that the iPhone XR is approximately Rs 21,000 cheaper than the iPhone XS. So, iPhone XR seems to be a better affordable alternative. The iPhone XR model will go on sale from October 26 and pre-booking will start from October 19.

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